Category Archives: Science

Could Mortal Engines’ Municipal Darwinism Work?

In Mortal Engines, based on the book series by Philip Reeve, in a post-apocalyptic wasteland ravaged by nuclear war, the surviving settlements have become “traction cities,” putting themselves on wheels to roam what was once Eurasia (an area known in … Continue reading

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The Kilogram Is Redefined (and Other Units, too)

The kilogram, as my international readers will know is the official unit of mass in the metric system—or more precisely, the International System of Units (SI). But less well known is that until today, the kilogram has been defined not … Continue reading

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A Study in Parallel Universes: the Weakless Universe

I haven’t written about my work much on this blog. I’ve mostly kept to interesting science stories in the news or the community, but since this is a website for science as well as science fiction, I wanted to talk … Continue reading

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There’s a Solar Eclipse Tomorrow!

In case you’ve been living under a rock, there is a total eclipse of the Sun tomorrow, and it’s going to cross the entire continental United States! A solar eclipse is a once in a lifetime event. Any given location … Continue reading

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Kepler-1625b I: The First Exomoon…Maybe

So, the big science news of the day is the potential discovery of the first known “exomoon”—that is, a moon orbiting an extrasolar planet. (Scientific paper here.) Scientists have been looking for such moons for years, only to turn up … Continue reading

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Days 3 and 4 at the #AAS230: Galaxies, Supernovae, and Space Weather

The famous Crab Nebula supernova remnant. The AAS Conference has concluded, but there’s still a lot of exciting science going on. Here are the big stories from the final day and a half. Sadly, I missed the first talk on … Continue reading

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Day 2 at the #AAS230: Warm Jupiters, Human Spaceflight, and Other Stories

Artist’s rendition of the mysterious Planet Nine. The second day of the AAS Conference has concluded with still more fascinating tales from the world of astronomy. We begin with the tale of the Rosetta mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which concluded … Continue reading

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